Let ‘er buck!

Cowboys and cowgirls rustle up prize money

Seth Shelton of Kennewick spurs high as his buckin’ horse flies out the chutes Friday night in Grandview.

Photo by Roger Harnack
Seth Shelton of Kennewick spurs high as his buckin’ horse flies out the chutes Friday night in Grandview.


Stetson McMinimee smiles as he holds the cow for his teammates in the Vernon Bos Memorial Wild Cow Milking event Friday night.

— Several cowboys – and a couple cowgirls – walked away with a share of the $23,144.95 prize money from this past weekend’s Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

More than 1,000 spectators turned out to watch two days of rodeo action in the arena at 812 Wallace Way.

Jason Minor of Ellensburg earned the most money of the weekend after taking first place in team roping and fourth in tie down roping.

Taylor White of Prosser partnered with minor to turn in a respectable 5.89 seconds to win that event. White as header and Minor as heeler won $863.04 for the first-place prize. They edged Willy Hart of Yakima and Evan Olinger of Pasco, who logged a time of 6.67 seconds for second place and $714.24.

Minor also collected $440.16 for finishing fourth in tie down roping with a time of 9.670.

His weekend total came to $1,303.20.

Meanwhile, tie down roper Brett Hale of Tenino walked away with $911.76 for his first-place finish that event. With a time of 8.94 seconds, Hale edged Chance Stucker of Oroville who lassoed his calf in 9.18 seconds for second place and $754.56 in prize money.

The top cowgirl roped herself $890.88 in the breakaway competition; Brayden Schmidt of Benton City won the event with a time of 2.62 seconds. Second place went to Kelsey Streeter of Palisades with 2.85 seconds. That effort earned her $737.28.

After placing first in saddle bronc and second in bareback Saturday night, Francis Marchand of Omak took home a total of $850.08.

Marchand, a perennial favorite at the Omak Stampede and World-Famous Suicide Race in Omak, missed the big night of his hometown event to ride buckin’ horses here.

He won the saddle bronc event with a score of 74, enough for $557.28. But he had to share second place in bareback with Seth Shelton of Pasco, both scoring 73 points to take home $292.80 each.

Marchand was also among the two-day event’s bullriders — but the bulls won the weekend without a single cowboy staying aboard for an 8 second ride.

Teri Bangart of Olympia was the top barrel racer of the weekend. The Pro West Rodeo’s No. 1-ranked barrel rider competed the cloverleaf in 15.415 seconds for first place and $748.36.

She barely nipped Cheyenne Allan of Mabton, who galloped to a 15.433 second time and second place finish for $650.75.

Announcer Marty Campbell, bullfighter Cheyne Anderson, clown Josh Canode and the McMillan Trick Riders kept the crowd entertained between events.

The McMillan family also served as the primary stock contractor.

Two other events provided alternative rodeo entertainment — the Vernon Bos Memorial Wild Cow Milking and Jeff Anderson Memorial Ribbon Roping events.

In the wild cow milking event, competitors had to keep control of their beast while milking it in the rodeo arena as it bucked, kicked and drug cowboys around the arena.

Dillon Zieske, Austin Schlosser and Nate Trevino logged the fastest cow milking time Friday night.

But it was the team of Jakob Anderson, Derek Anderson and Pacen Marez that won the weekend, posting the best time Saturday night.

Second place for the weekend went to Tyler Guenther Danny Houske and Westin Green.

In ribbon roping, teams had to rope their cow first, then with two cowboys/cowgirls on foot, had to chase it down, hold it and pull a ribbon off its tail before racing back to the timekeeper.

The names of the winning teams in the Jeff Anderson Memorial Ribbon Roping event were not immediately available.


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